A British airline captain in a drunken rage killed his baby daughter by banging her head against the walls and doors of his five-star hotel suite, according to his indictment for murder.
Airbus 330 pilot Mohamed Barakat, 41, allegedly beat his young wife before turning his fury on his helpless child, Sofia, following an all-night drinking session in Kazakhstan.
He claims the case against him has been “fabricated” by police in Almaty, who committed “gross violations” during the investigation.
The British man was detained after his distraught Kazakh wife Madina Abdullayeva, 22, ran into the lobby of the city’s five-star Intercontinental Hotel “screaming for help” early in the morning.
Barakat is accused of repeatedly punching his wife on the head before she escaped into the corridor, according to the indictment revealed for the first time.
Sofia awoke because of her parents’ fight and the pilot then turned his fury on the one-year-old, a British citizen, a report by Astana TV claimed.
“He walked to the baby’s cot, took his daughter Sofia in his hands and forcefully hit the walls and doors of the hotel room with her head,” reads the court indictment.
“Having made sure Sofia Barakat was not displaying signs of life, he put her on the floor by the entrance door of the hotel room.”
Forensic experts established the child suffered multiple injuries and had no chance of survival in their eighth floor room, a remote session of the court hearing was told.
Her skull was fractured and her brain “crushed”, it was reported.
The alleged violent attack followed Barakat’s return from an all-night drinking session at 7am when his wife called his airline to say he was “ill”.
The call to Hong Kong Airlines “enraged” the experienced pilot who began punching his wife, according to the prosecution case.
Barakat’s family in England claim he has faced “injustice, corruption and (an) illegal investigation” in Kazakhstan.
“The case is fabricated,” said his lawyers in a statement ahead of a scheduled new hearing which is expected to be delayed after a new coronavirus lockdown in Kazakhstan.
“There is no undisputed and substantiated evidence in the criminal case to prove his guilt for the death of his only child.”
Attorney Tair Nazkhanov said: “The forensic examination reports indicated that there were no fingerprints and DNA from Mohamed on the child’s body, which means that he did not even touch the child that day.
“The Almaty Police Department inspected the hotel room with gross violations of the Kazakhstan criminal procedural law.”
A blood sample found in the luxury hotel room “did not end up belonging to the child”.
The lawyer and two other attorneys, Darkhan Dyussembekov and Abzal Kassymzhanov, said: “There is no evidence in the criminal case against Mohamed for the intentional killing of his only child.”
They are to demand that the case is sent back to the state prosecutor for further examination, claiming the police ignored other explanations as to how the child died.
Sofia’s death was from “bilateral compression of the skull”, according to evidence in the case.
His wife is “in contact” with her husband but was earlier banned from seeing him, say sources close to the case.
No visits to inmates in the 1,000-capacity jail – where there is a feared outbreak of coronavirus – have been permitted during the Covid-19 crisis.
Barakat has been held here since October.
The lawyer said: “Madina is in contact with Mohamed and she has no desire to jail him at any price.”